Going Wild with RHS Wisley Planting Plans

by Katarina Ollikainen We’re finally at my most exciting part of the RHS Wisley Hilltop project – Planting Plans! For a few weeks now, all of us at AMPG have been pouring over books about woodland plants, sunny open spaces, water gardens and evergreens. We have been considering growing habits, competitiveness of various plants, hardiness [...]

By |2020-09-23T20:45:49+00:00January 24th, 2019|Blog|

Why I’ll always design gardens by Ann-Marie Powell

  In Progress Design – RHS Wisley Wildlife Garden opening in 2020. After some twenty years as a professional garden designer, I feel slightly self-conscious in admitting that I’m still very much in love with my job. When the phone rings in the studio, I am genuinely excited about each and every client [...]

By |2020-09-23T20:45:50+00:00January 7th, 2019|Blog|

Futurescape 2018

Being on the constant hunt for new materials, unusual yet performing plants, exquisite furniture, breathtaking features with which to thrill our clientele is in my opinion one of the best, yet overlooked part of being a Garden Designer. For this reason, we always try to make time for Futurescape in our - always busy- November [...]

By |2020-09-23T20:45:50+00:00November 26th, 2018|Blog|

From Law to Lawn – why our Mary Guinness chose Garden Design Over Law

Gardening with my dad Although I grew up in the countryside, running wild in the garden, I never dreamt I would end up gardening for a career.  I thought gardening was just a hobby – surely no one would actually pay me to play in the garden?  […]

By |2020-09-23T20:46:04+00:00November 5th, 2018|Blog|

A Garden Designer’s favourite tool isn’t a spade….Katarina on Vectorworks

I think when clients or suppliers walk into our studio at Ann-Marie Powell Gardens, they’re surprised to see so many screens. I can understand why people don’t consider Garden Design as an IT focused profession, but there is no denying that myself and my colleagues are working in Vectorworks most of the time. It’s always [...]

By |2020-09-23T20:46:26+00:00October 17th, 2018|Blog|

Great Dixter in East Sussex: a garden that never ceases to inspire.

As garden designers, we are always looking for inspiration from and outside our industry, and is not uncommon to find us here at Ann-Marie Powell Gardens headquarters chatting animatedly about the latest exhibition, show or garden we visited. I personally love to draw inspiration from the past and reinterpret it to suit modern lifestyles. When [...]

By |2020-09-29T13:49:15+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Blog|

Bursting into bloom – spring flowering trees for your garden

Bursting into bloom Spring flowering trees for your garden It’s been a long time coming this year, but after last week’s warm spell, spring is finally leaping out of the ground, from the branches of trees and strewing itself gently all around the place. I love this time of year. Everything brings the promise of [...]

By |2020-09-23T20:47:00+00:00April 30th, 2018|Blog|

Help the Birds this Week

As the temperature plummet this week, our feathered friends need our help to survive in our gardens – us providing  food and water can be the difference between life and death in many cases. […]

By |2020-09-23T20:47:02+00:00March 5th, 2018|Blog|

How to turn your garden into nature reserve

February is such a promising time in the garden.  The days are starting to get longer and the earliest bulbs starting to emerge from their winter’s sleep. Winter aconites, snowdrops, crocuses and hellebores provide a carpet of colour in our gardens, but for wildlife, February is typically a month of bitter cold and food is starting [...]

By |2020-09-23T20:47:04+00:00February 7th, 2018|Blog|

A New Year, a new start in the Garden – Jobs for January

The January garden seemingly rests at this time of year, slumbering through long hours of darkness and short January days. But those precious hours of crisp light that punctuate day upon day of grey can be immensely useful in getting a head start in creating a better garden for you to enjoy this summer. Grab [...]

By |2020-09-23T20:47:05+00:00January 10th, 2018|Blog|